Duke Energy Renewables to Install 200-MW Wind Project in Texas

LCG, April 12, 2019--Duke Energy Renewables, a commercial business unit of Duke Energy, yesterday announced it will build, own and operate the MesteƱo Wind Project, located in southern Texas. The power generated by the 200-MW project will be sold into the ERCOT market, and Duke Energy Renewables will enter into a long-term hedge agreement covering the majority of the expected wind energy production. Construction has commenced, and the project is scheduled for completion by year-end.

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FPL Announces Plans for 409-MW Battery Storage System

LCG, April 3, 2019--Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) recently announced a plan to build the world's largest solar-powered battery system, the Manatee Energy Storage Center, as part of a modernization plan to accelerate the retirement of two, 1970s-era natural gas generating units at FPL's neighboring Manatee Power Plant.

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Basin Electric Develops Diverse New Generation Resources in North Dakota

LCG, January 9, 2015--Basin Electric Power Cooperative announced yesterday that two new natural gas-fired peaking units commenced commercial operation in North Dakota on January 1. The two, 45-MW units provide additional capacity to support the growing economy in the Williston Basin. Basin Electric's Lonesome Creek Station, located west of Watford City, North Dakota, now has a total capacity of 135 MW. Unit 1 began operating in December 2013.

The Bakken formation covers parts of western North Dakota and eastern Montana, and crude oil production in North Dakota has quadrupled since 2007. With the growth in oil production and related activities, the demand for electricity is also growing rapidly, and recent load forecasts show the need for new generating capacity jumping from about 400 MW to 1,200 MW by 2025.

To support the growing load, Basin Electric completed another peaking station, the Pioneer Generating Station, early last year. The gas-fired Pioneer Generating Station is located northwest of Williston, North Dakota and also consists of three, 45-MW gas turbines. Unit 1 started commercial operation in September 2013, Unit 2 started commercial operation in February 2014, and Unit 3 started commercial operation in March 2014.

Last July, the Basin Electric board of directors approved Phase III for both Lonesome Creek and Pioneer Generation Stations. Phase III for Lonesome Creek will add two more 45-MW combustion turbines that are planned to begin operations in June 2016.

Phase III for Pioneer Station will add 112 MW of peaking capacity that will be provided by twelve, 9.3-MW natural gas-fired reciprocating engines. The small reciprocating units can provide rapid starts and small, incremental changes to dispatchable generation that complement the growing, intermittent wind generation in the region.

In fact, Basin Electric announced on December 31 that it has signed two power purchase agreements (PPAs) for the development of two new wind projects in North Dakota that have a combined capacity of 300 MW. NextEra Energy Resources will develop one project, the Dickinson Wind Energy Center, a 150-MW wind farm near Richardton, North Dakota. Tradewind Energy will be develop the Lindahl Wind Project, a 150-MW wind farm near Tioga, North Dakota.
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